dust storm


Definition of dust storm

1 : a dust-laden whirlwind that moves across an arid region and is usually associated with hot dry air and marked by high electrical tension
2 : strong winds bearing clouds of dust

Examples of dust storm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Ever Given was moving north up the canal toward the Mediterranean Sea when it was caught in a dust storm where wind speeds reached 40 knots, according to a person familiar with the incident. James Hookway, WSJ, 27 Mar. 2021 Sometimes, such as in the case of Opportunity, the Mars rover that stopped working after a massive dust storm, people feel grief. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 19 Apr. 2021 Drivers should use extreme caution and slow or prepare to pull off the roadway to avoid driving into a dust storm. oregonlive, 13 Apr. 2021 The Ever Given was moving north up the canal toward the Mediterranean Sea when it was caught in a seasonal dust storm known as the khamsin where wind speeds reached 40 knots. James Hookway, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2021 The ship, which was bound for the Netherlands, became trapped along the 120-mile-long canal from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean on Tuesday following a dust storm that brought heavy winds and poor visibility. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2021 And while my family is my focus and my joy, from a creative standpoint, this year for me has been a dust storm. New York Times, 10 Mar. 2021 The earliest suggestions were that the ship, covered with containers that acted like a sail, had been blown off course during a dust storm on that day. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2021 The most recent large dust storm on Mars claimed the life of NASA’s Opportunity rover. Mike Wehner, BGR, 23 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of dust storm

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dust storm was in 1879

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1 Jun 2021

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“Dust storm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dust%20storm. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dust storm

: a very strong wind that carries clouds of dust across a large area

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Kids Definition of dust storm

: a very strong wind carrying dust across a dry region

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